Early summer

There are not many things that will ground you better than a few hours out in the yard will. We've had summer weather here in Portlandia for about a week, and even lazy indoor types like yours truly were out there today.

And that's a good thing, because suddenly everything needs water. It's been a record-dry month so far. 

If I ever hit the lottery, I am going to have a state-of-the-art robotic sprinkler system that will be the envy of the world. I will program it once, some March, and forget about it. 

In the meantime – I don't play the lottery any more – I drag a lot of hoses around. Some days I do it more cheerfully than others. But maybe a neighbor walking by picks up a good vibration from our greenery, so it's worth it. The Mrs. does the art, and I maintain.

The lack of rain is not good. The city's water supply depends on spring rains. It's spring. There's no rain.

And then there are the wildfires every summer. The less precipitation we get now, the worse, and the longer, those fires will be.

It looks like we have another dry week ahead. Hook up the soaker hoses, cross your fingers, and feel the star.


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  2. I have two words for you. Jack, are you listening? Two words. Drip Irrigation. You're rich enough I'm sure to afford it even if you buy everything you need from Portland Nursery (avoid the Stark Street location that place is nuts lately).

  3. I second the drip irrigation system. They’re incredibly easy to install, connect to a hose Bibb with a timer, and a very satisfying little project. There are a bunch of different emitters, including little miniature sprayheads. And they include little plugs for plugging the main tubing if you need to change things later. Just make sure you get the tubing and fittings from the same manufacturer, as I’ve discovered 1/2” tubing is not necessarily the same diameter from one maker to another.

  4. A third vote for drip. Everything that loves water loves it even more when applied to the roots slowly and thoroughly rather than being sprayed on the leaves. Blueberries, raspberries, apples, cherries, and all the nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) and such all love a good slow drip. You program the drips once based on the size of the emitters and the kind of plants and you have happy growth with a bunch fewer weeds because you’re not spraying water around that the weeds steal. And you pay a much lower water bill, year after year.


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